Originally I was trained as a Traditional Naturopath and Herbalist, and I added my Functional Medicine education much later, the curriculum actually was not offered until the late 1990.
Functional Medicine and Naturopathy are two similar approaches to healthcare.
Functional Medicine would not even exist if there had not been Naturopathy all along, it is simply a specific approach to treat underlying causes of dis-ease, rather than just treating symptoms. Holistically! Functional Medicine uses conventional and alternative therapies to address the root causes of health problems. We may use laboratory tests to identify imbalances, and then suggest personalized treatment plans that include lifestyle changes, supplements, and other interventions to restore balance and promote healing.
Naturopathy is the original holistic approach to healthcare that emphasizes the body’s innate ability to heal itself. A As a naturopathic practitioner I use a variety of natural therapy protocols, such as herbal medicine, supplements, homeopathy, psychological and nutritional counseling, to support the body’s natural healing processes. We focus on lifestyle factors, diet, exercise, and stress management, to improve overall health and prevent disease. And I may add intuition, by assessing the client’s issues energetically, and in a personal way.
So you see, both approaches are meant to be custom tailored to the client’s needs, albeit often overlapping in application, and since I am trained in both, I am able to choose from both approaches what works best for the individual. It may not happen in a linear fashion, since for those who know me, it is not quite my way, but we get results the fastest way possible, at the quantum level. From imbalance to balance, to vital balance!